Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac Paperback

Introduction, Texts, Translation and Notes by Bertram Colgrave

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Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac

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Written around 730-740 the Life of Guthlac by the monk Felix is an important and colourful source for the obscure early history of East Anglia and the Fens. It describes how the youthful Guthlac (674-714) won fame at the head of a Mercian warrior band fighting the British on the borders of Wales before entering the monastery at Repton at the age of twenty-four. Distinguished from the first by his piety and asceticism, Guthlac moved on around 700 to a solitary life on Crowland, an uninhabited island accessible only by boat deep in the wild and desolate marshland separating Mercia and East Anglia. Here he built a shelter cut into the side of a burial-mound in which he lived austerely, skin-clad in the manner of the Desert Fathers, for the rest of his life. Tormented by demons but consoled by visions of angels, Guthlac gained a reputation for sanctity and miraculous healing which spread far afield and continued to grow after his death. This Life vividly reflects the cult of St Guthlac as it existed in East Anglia only a generation later.

Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac by Felix was published by Cambridge University Press in September 1985. The ISBN for Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac is 9780521313865.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 1985)
Number of Pages224
Thickness13 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code1192185
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